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UWI students’ guild to assist financially struggling pupils

The Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus is stepping up to assist students who need help with paying their tuition fees.

President of the Guild Olvine Holas announced at a press conference this morning that the representative body had approved $22,000 for 44 grants at $500 each to registered students with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Speaking in the Guild’s conference room, Holas said the money would be paid directly to the student accounts of successful applicants who are required to apply in order to be considered.

“It may seem like a small amount, but as little as it is it will go a long way in assisting these students who are experiencing financial difficulties, because when people are in financial distress and you give them a push, as little as it may seem, it goes a long way,” Holas said, urging Barbadian students to apply for Government’s Higher Educational Tuition Grant for the 2016/2017 academic year.

The Ministry of Education explained in a release in January that to be eligible for the full tuition grant, the annual household income of each applicant studying full time at UWI must be $25,000 or less, or $2,100 or less monthly.

To qualify for the partial grant, the annual household income for one person studying part-time at UWI must be between $25,001 and $35,000 or $2,100 and $3,000 monthly; or $45,000 per annum or $3,750 monthly or less for more than one person at UWI, the ministry said at the time.

Holas today acknowledged that there were many students facing financial hardships, and in situations where the Guild was unable to help, it would guide the students in the direction of the university’s supportive systems which work towards helping the students to overcome their challenges.   

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